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Traumatic events leave indelible marks on people’s psyche. Whether it be the trauma of combat, traumatic childhood experiences inside and outside the family, natural disaster or domestic and community violence many people carry the after effects of trauma throughout their lives.

In an effort to cope with the psychological effects of traumatic events some people develop unhelpful defensive behaviours and make behavioural choices that impact on their health and interpersonal functioning. As a practitioner it may be difficult to see that the person in front of you is behaving and interacting the way they do because of long ago trauma, but it is important that trauma be considered as a possibility because the potential for harm through inadvertent re-traumatisation is great.  

In this webinar:

  • Dr Louise Stone GP and PhD with a special interest in trauma and “difficult” patients will be our guest along with trauma expert Dr Domenic Hilbrink social worker and counsellor from St John of God Hospital Richmond who has a special interest in trauma and its consequences in veterans and first responders
  • We will examine the ways in which trauma impacts on functioning and look at the warning signs that should lead us to consider the possibility of a history of trauma
  • We will also discuss the evidence-based interventions for post traumatic distress and the things that can be done in primary care to help our trauma-surviving patients
  • We will also look at some of the reliable online tools that may be helpful for our patients and the online resources that can help us help them recover to the fullest.  

To participate in this webinar, it would be useful for participants to have some level of familiarity with e-Mental Health. This can be gained by:

The webinar series

The webinar series examines some of the online mental health treatment programs that GPs need to know about, focusing on evidence-based programs that have been developed in Australia. The evidence around the efficacy and usefulness of different programs will be discussed along with practical aspects of using the programs.

Summary:

  • e-Mental Health programs are a useful adjunct to mental health treatment in primary care
  • there is good evidence that patient outcomes improve with the use of e-Mental Health programs
  • a variety of locally-developed e-Mental Health programs are available
  • GPs need to be familiar with the programs their patients are using and be able to recommend the use of these programs appropriately.

Audience

GPs and GP registrars, psychologists and allied mental health practitioners, in fact any health professional with an interest in improving outcomes for patients with mental health conditions.

Participants in each webinar are eligible for 2 QI&CPD Points and 2 Core ACRRM points

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